Saturday, April 25, 2009

Code shares in abundance

Spanair - Croatia Airlines' newest partner
Croatia Airlines is using its status as a regional Star Alliance member to form plenty of new code share agreements with other carriers in Europe this summer. This way the Croatian national carrier will provide better services for its passengers and will be able to profit from the code share agreements. Croatia Airlines will start code sharing cooperation with Spanair. This budget Spanish carrier has been a Star Alliance member since 2003. The new code share will be made possible with the inauguration of new, 3 weekly flights, from Zagreb to Barcelona starting June 9. Croatia Airlines is offering in code share, Spanair flights from Barcelona to domestic destinations within Spain. These are Alicante, Bilbao, Granada, Ibiza, Jerez, La Coruna, Madrid, Malaga, Menorca, Palma de Mallorca, Santiago de Compostela, Sevilla and Vigo. The code share flight from Zagreb to Madrid via Barcelona in cooperation with Spanair will be in direct competition with the new nonstop Zagreb – Madrid service operated by the Spanish national carrier from July 4. Still within the Iberian Peninsula, Croatia Airlines has signed a new agreement with the Portuguese national carrier TAP. Via Barcelona, Croatian travellers will be able to fly on Croatia Airlines code share flight, operated by TAP, to Porto. The two carriers already code share on the TAP flights to Lisbon via Bologna from Zagreb.

For those interested, Croatia Airlines has been a regional Star Alliance member since 2004, with its membership sponsored by the German giant Lufthansa.

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